Windows 8.1 Pro Secure Build isnt configured correctly build 9600 watermark

I have recently downloaded the Windows 8.1 Pro version and I now have a "Secure Build isnt configured correctly build 9600" watermark on my desktop. I updated from windows 8 pro to 8.1. I tried to configure the bios to enable secure boot I cant find it anywhere on the BIOS screen. I have an ASUS X401a laptop. I also tried to edit the group policy that enable advanced boot options as well but nothing seems to work. Now my question is this fixable or will my laptop stop working after certain amount of time. This is very frustrating as I use this as my computer for school.  Also Windows 8 has been activated since I checked for the key and its fine. 

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Hi,

 

After installing Windows 8.1, we may see an error on the desktop with the following message: “Secure Boot isn't configured correctly”.

 

This is currently a known issue for a few ASUS PC models.

 

Secure Boot helps increase the security of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs by stopping unauthorized software from running. If you see a "Secure Boot isn't configured correctly" message in the lower-right corner of the desktop, it means that Secure Boot has either been turned off or hasn't been set up correctly on the PC.

 

To turn on or set up Secure Boot, we will need to use the BIOS menu for the PC. Different PCs have different BIOS menus, so you may need to contact the PC's manufacturer for instructions.

If you have turned off Secure Boot and added own drivers then you might need to reset the PC to its original state before you can turn on Secure Boot.

 

Refer to:

Returning your PC to its previous operating system

 

 

Important: Modifying BIOS (Basic input output system)/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.

 

Please let us know in case you need further help on this issue or any issue related to Windows.

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My asus n56vz does not have Secure boot av an option in the BIOS. Have tried updating the BIOS, but no such option is available. 

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I just installed 8.1 & see this error message on my ASUS PC, but am confused by your response.  I am not savy enough to use the BIOS menu & don't understand why you are referring me to ASUS.  Given that, what am I supposed to do next?

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Hi,

You may refer to this article for a better understanding.

To make changes to a Secure Boot settings, you'll need to use the BIOS menu for your PC.

Important: Modifying BIOS (Basic input output system)/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.

So at this point of time you have to contact ASUS.

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I am genuine windows 8 user.

Recently, I updated windows 8.1 preview version to windows 8.1 pro[full version] through windows store.

But, after windows 8.1 pro[full version] installation completed. Now I am getting "Evaluation copy . Build 9600". 

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Wrong answer, Microsoft.

There are advanced users of machines - especially these ASUS workhorses - that can not enable secure boot. You stated yourself that if we have custom drivers that it has to be disabled. Many of use boot multiple operating systems, some of which (Win 7, for example) don't support Secure Boot.

This is purely an operating system generated error. Telling us to break our hardware to get rid of it is not the correct solution. Provide us with a patch to disable this watermark, if not the check altogether. Just because we're running 8.1 Pro doesn't mean it's our only option - stupid stuff like this keeps up, and I will not be using Windows at all. I don't need it, I've just invested too much money and time into learning Windows 8 and don't want to put that experience to waste.

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My laptop came with windows 8, which i don't like, so i updated to 8.1 to get a so called start button. I have gone into the Bios and cannot enable secure boot, to get rid of the water mark, as it is greyed out. Would this have been the same when it was running windows 8? I only found out how to get into the Bios when searching this problem. Is my laptop now at risk.

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yes I am also getting same message "windows 8.1 pro Evaluation copy build 9600" what to do??????? any 1 can help?????

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Had this problem installed a new bios then ended up having a registry issue and had o reinstall windows totally now the store will not let me download 8.1

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My main concern is since the watermark is active, will my copy of windows 8.1 Pro expire after a few months? Or should I just re-install Windows 8 using the disk and not update to 8.1? 

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